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Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street brings the world-famous Smithsonian museum to communities across Nebraska.  These changing exhibitions focus on our national history and culture. Working with small museums, libraries and other hometown organizations, Humanities Nebraska develops events around these traveling exhibitions. By combining resources, Museum on Main Street brings quality cultural programs to rural citizens and sparks lasting professional improvement for small-town cultural organizations.

Museum on Main Street is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and state humanities councils nationwide that serves the small-town museums and citizens of rural America.


Museums, libraries and other community centers may apply by October 15, 2019 to host the next Museum on Main Street exhibition, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” The exhibition uses art, photography, artifacts and interactives to explore identity, place, community and persistence as change transformed a once rural America to an increasingly urban and suburban nation. “Crossroads” offers small towns a platform to discuss their own paths and to highlight the changes of the past century and new opportunities for development.  

Selected sites will host the exhibit for about six weeks each between September 2021 and April 2022. Learn more here


Support for the Nebraska tour of Crossroads is provided by:
  • Call 402.474.2131 to sponsor.

Humanities Nebraska programming is made possible by:

and generous individuals, foundations, and businesses across Nebraska.